Approving the Inclusiveness Blueprint


Once the blueprint has been written, reviewed, and edited, it is time for formal approval. There is no absolute rule about who should approve the inclusiveness blueprint; however, in most cases, the responsibility will fall to the board of directors. There are three reasons for this:

  • There likely will be policy implications and strategic priorities embedded within the blueprint that the board should approve.
  • The blueprint may require allocations of resources of which the board should be aware.
  • Most importantly, the board should feel collective ownership of the inclusiveness blueprint. As you move into the implementation phase of the inclusiveness initiative, you may face challenges, some of which the board of directors may be aware of or even involved in. The more ownership the board has over the inclusiveness initiative, the more likely they will be to protect it during challenging times.

Complete Assigning Roles and Responsibilities.